Some time ago, Niantic started abusing a hole in today's mobile operating systems to dig through parts of your file system, where they should have no access at all. They've been doing that for quite a while now to try to determine, whether you have a 'Magisk' folder present on your internal storage, which would indicate something to do with root and they'd automatically consider you a cheater for that and locked you out. This was completely ridiculous back then, as rooting does not make one a cheater – that's a massive stretch. Even the Magisk developer laughed it off and just stopped creating that folder on its users' storage for this reason.
The post I've made about it can be found here if you're interested. If you follow there, there should also be a link explaining how they exploit the access permissions.
Well now they're at it again, digging through your files to look for a TWRP folder on your internal storage. Delusional as always, now they believe this makes you a cheater too and they'll proceed to lock you out of the latest game version.
For those unfamiliar with TWRP (TeamWin Recovery Project), it's a custom recovery environment for Android based systems, allowing for increased functionality over stock recovery, such as the ability to make backups of the whole system, or even installing a custom one – which is e.g. useful for older phone owners wanting a new system. There are tons of legitimate use cases for running TWRP and this is just another ridiculous conclusion that has been made.
TD;DR – If you have a TWRP folder on your internal storage, the latest version of the game won't let you play (from version 0.167.0 on)
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